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Online Manual: Office of Academic Affairs

Office of Academic Affairs

Carol Anne Murdoch-Kinch, DDS, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Walter H. Swartz Professor of Integrated Special Care Dentistry

Responsible for oversight of all educational programs within the School of Dentistry including DDS, Dental Hygiene, graduate programs and Global Initiatives in Oral Health; DDS curriculum, course support, including faculty development in teaching; educational outcomes assessment; clinical outreach and clinical rotations; and accreditation.

Renée E. Duff, DDS, MS
Assistant Dean for Student Services

Responsible for pre-doctoral and graduate program admissions, registrar's office and financial aid.

Department events include: DDS candidate interviews, student orientations, White Coat ceremony, Career Day, Pathways Day, Faculty Appreciation and the school’s Commencement ceremony.

Vidya Ramaswamy, PhD
Associate Director of Curriculum and Program Evaluation
Room 1204

Amy Yoki
School Registrar
Room G226

Katherine Shin
Administrative Assistant
Room 1208, 734-763-5651

Many of the documents and links mentioned below can be accessed via MiTools on the dental school website. See the task bar at the top of the page. There are links to Wolverine Access, MiTools, and Canvas (course websites).

Academic Review Boards

Student academic progress is monitored by regular meetings, at the end of each semester and at the midterm of the fall and winter semesters, of Academic Review Board I (D1 and D2 years) and Academic Review Board II (D3 and D4 years). These boards are comprised of faculty representatives from each department. The Assistant Dean for Student Services, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Registrar are ad hoc members (non-voting) of these two Boards. Decisions regarding academic progress and promotion are made according to the faculty Policy for Academic Performance and Promotion (pdf), which includes the procedures for student appeals.

Curriculum Committee

The School of Dentistry Curriculum Committee is responsible for managing the curriculum, evaluating educational outcomes and reviewing the curriculum on a regular basis. New courses must be reviewed and approved by the Curriculum Committee. It is chaired by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and has departmental/discipline representation.

Educational Support Services (ESS)

Kat Wiles
ESS Team Lead
Room B311

ESS is a unit of Academic Affairs created to provide administrative support to courses in the DDS, Dental Hygiene, and Graduate Specialty Programs at the School of Dentistry.

We can:

  • Schedule faculty and speakers for lectures
  • Set-up and maintain a course Canvas site
  • Request, gather and post lecture materials
  • Create randomized seating charts for quizzes and tests
  • Provide accommodations for students with documented disabilities
  • Assist with iClicker setup, uploads, and troubleshooting
  • Request questions, format and copy exams, and/or post for online testing
  • Proctor make-up or special accommodation exams
  • Take exams to Examination & Evaluation for grading
  • House exams until course is complete
  • Host exam viewing hours for students
  • Set-up and maintain grade book
  • Post grades to Canvas and Wolverine Access
  • Please refer to the ESS Best Practices Guide for more information

What we need from you:
The first step is to fill out the Service Request Form and send us a complete syllabus. We encourage course directors to come to us as soon as the semester course schedules are available, usually 6-8 weeks before the semester begins, so that we may be of assistance every step of the way, from course set-up to final grades.

Looking for more help with your courses? Curriculum Administration can help!
We are happy to share our expertise on syllabus creation, Canvas, and Wolverine Access. If you are wondering if there may be a better way to do something, please talk to us! We may just have the solution that you have been looking for.

Special Accommodations

Some of our Dental and Dental Hygiene students have documented disabilities which require special accommodations to ensure that they receive an equitable education experience. These students will present Course Directors with a letter at the beginning of the semester, signed by Dr. Renee E. Duff, Assistant Dean for Student Services, outlining the accommodations recommended by the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) department. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, captioning requests, CART services, interpretive services, separate testing environment, or additional time for testing. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call or email SSD, Dr. Renee Duff or the Educational Support Services Team in Academic Affairs.

Important Websites for Faculty